The traditional Hourglass aromatic markers of camphor and mint are there, though less prominently than in bright, floral vintages like 2012 and 2014. Instead, the 2015 profile leans toward the darker expression of black fruits, cassis and blackberry. A thread of dark earth and toasted hazelnut intermingle with the fruit to deliver a complex weave of aromas. The 2015 Hourglass is more dense and brooding than the past several vintages as the black fruit theme extends from the initial palate impression to the finish. The earthy dark soil minerality of the iron rich Hambright bedrock soils persists from aromatics to the palate, lending an umami richness against the interlocking mixed fruit flavors. This minerality is a signature of the vineyard and is quite consistent vintage to vintage. The '15 is less overtly tannic than the previous several vintages, with greater silky texture. There has always been a yin/yang of energies to Hourglass; elegant vibrancy (natural acid) counterbalances richness and power. 2015 is no exception, but leans a little more toward the opulent side, as is consistent with the warmer vintage. Natural acidity creates a nice tension and lift, lending brightness and vitality to what otherwise would be a very saturated, rich wine. These counterweights act in concert to elicit greater complexity, extending the finish in a long afterthought. As tends to be true of riper vintages, the forwardness of flavors and texture reveal a wine that is very approachable while in its youth. As for cellaring potential, the common wisdom tends to favor earlier consumption in riper vintages. That said, there is incredible structure to the 2015 Hourglass that may defy common logic.
Wine AdvocateA blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hourglass Estate has a deep garnet-purple color and intense nose of cassis, mulberries and wild blueberries, plus suggestions of espresso, incense, licorice and bay leaves. Full-bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a firm, finely grained tannic foundation and loads of spicy expression coming through on the long finish.